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By closely examining Shakespeare’s plays as they’ve never been studied before – performed by Australian theatre companies in contemporary Australia – Kate Flaherty, argues that Shakespeare’s plays cannot help but resonate with local concerns.
Flaherty analyses several contemporary Australian productions of three Shakespeare plays; exploring masculinity and madness in Hamlet, the role of landscape and the multiple roles of Rosalind in As You Like It, and hierarchies of gender and social order re-imagined in relation to Australian understandings of power in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Ours as We Play It draws together a wealth of primary resources from theatre archives and rehearsal rooms, including images, reviews, and interviews with practitioners, to compose a picture of Shakespeare’s plays as they are performed in the Australian context.
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Praise for Ours As We Play It:
[Flaherty] richly evokes the theatrical event that so vexes scholars of the ephemeral and for this the book is a worthy addition to Australian theatre history.
ROB CONKIE, THE AGE
In her excellent book, Kate Flaherty offers insightful explanations for curious theatrical trends [in Australia]. And because there is so little scholarship on contemporary Australian productions of Shakespeare, every page is fresh and exciting…Required reading for theatre nuts.
CLAIRE WILLIAMS, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN